Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Buhari "feels ready to go home", awaiting doctor's OK


He had left Nigeria for the United Kingdom (UK) for medical treatment on May 7.

Doctors say Buhari has the final say on whether to return.

Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, said Buhari spoke yesterday while receiving his media team and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, at Abuja House, London.

That has sparked numerous protests, including demands that Buhari should resign, as well as calls for more transparency about the president's condition.

"I've now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed", President Buhari was quoted as saying after informing the team that his health has improved tremendously. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge. This is the third Nigerian delegation visiting the President in the last few weeks.

In a statement released in Abuja and signed by its Secretary General, I.A Waiya, the walk, it said, would commence from the Unity Fountain to the Presidential Villa for the presentation of a position paper on behalf of the participating organisations to the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters also went with members of the team.

He stated that when Buhari was asked how he felt hearing different conjectures about his health, the president said he followed events at home closely, lauding Nigerian television stations, and the media generally, for keeping him informed. "I've now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed".

"If President Buhari can not return to Nigeria after 90 days, then he should resign and go home", one protester said at a sit-in on Monday. "May God reward them", he said in reply to the information that he was being prayed for across the continent.

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